Reema Obaid Ross is the Campus Director of the Office of Placement & Training as well as the Director of Clinical Training for the Department in Forensic Psychology. She obtained her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2011 and became a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in 2013. Dr. Obaid Ross completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Academic Community Leadership at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Mt. Sinai Hospital: Under the Rainbow Program. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Behavioral Health Services. Prior to obtaining a doctorate degree, she completed a master's of science degree in Developmental Psychology from Illinois State University. Dr. Obaid Ross has trained and worked in various settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential facilities, working with children, adolescents and adults. Her primary interests include training and supervision as well as clinical work with children and families, underserved populations, trauma and attachment theory. Dr. Obaid Ross currently has a small private practice in Chicago working with adults.
Dr. Mittelman is the Director of Clinical Training in the Applied Behavior Analysis department. Dr. Mittelman received his Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2019. He has also been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2011. Before becoming Director of Clinical Training in 2018, Cam served as an adjunct instructor for four years in the Applied Behavior Analysis department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Cam's professional work has been primary with individuals on the autism spectrum, and he has worked as a BCBA in a variety of capacities including home-based services, private therapeutic day schools, and as a public school consultant. His current research interests include precision teaching, programmed instruction, and the use of technology as a supplement for instruction, education, and staff training.
Charmon Parker Williams, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Business Psychology Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to her appointment as core faculty in 2013, Dr. Williams served as an adjunct instructor for the School, beginning in 2009. She has also served as an adjunct professor for Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Prior to working at TCSPP, Dr. Williams achieved results in a variety of leadership roles in the corporate sector, including Program Manager for HR Strategy and Executive Talent Management for Hewitt Associates; Vice President for the Human Resources Management and Workforce Diversity Consulting Practice at James H. Lowry & Associates; Personnel Officer at Harris Trust and Savings Bank, and Personnel Psychologist for the United States Office of Personnel Management. She has a private consulting practice which focuses on Organizational Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership Assessment and Coaching, Strategic Planning for Non-Profits, and Training Facilitation. Her accomplishments transcend a variety of industries in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. A published author and speaker on leadership development, career management, and diversity, Dr. Williams has presented at several national conferences and has created a signature workshop and published a book on Personal Branding. Additionally, she has been a contributing writer for a number of industry related magazines for more than a decade. Dr. William's research interests include cross-cultural competency on global teams, factors associated with expatriate success, the application of I/O Psychology frameworks to small businesses and non-traditional industries, and career branding
Dr. Aydin received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and earned her master's degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from the Applied Psychology Department of New York University through a Fulbright Scholarship. She also holds two bachelor's degrees with honors from Boğaziçi University, double-majoring in Psychology and in Guidance and Psychological Counseling. Clinically, Dr. Aydin works primarily with young-adult and adult populations. Throughout her career, she has worked at several university counseling centers, both in Chicago and abroad, including her doctoral internship at Northwestern University's Counseling and Psychological Services and her post-doctoral fellowship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Counseling Services. She has also provided clinical services at community mental health centers and outpatient clinics. Dr. Aydin's clinical and professional interests include multicultural and diversity issues, social justice, critical consciousness, identity exploration, interpersonal struggles, mood concerns, life transitions and strength-based interventions. Dr. Aydin has a passion for supervision, training, and mentoring. She has supervised doctoral and master's-level practicum trainees throughout her training in Chicago. She also provides mentorship to international graduate students in psychology through the International Mentoring and Orientation Committee of APA's International Section of Division 17. In her role as the Associate Director of OPT at The Chicago School, she is committed to supporting students in receiving clinical training in alignment with their professional interests and goals for their careers.
Garrrett Sidor, PhD
Dr. Strozier is one of the Associate Directors of Training in the Clinical PsyD department.
Dr. Nitzarim is one of the Associate Directors of The Office of Placement and Training in the Clinical PsyD department. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison in 2015. Throughout her training and early career, she has cultivated an interest in psychologist training, competency development and clinical supervision. Additionally, her research on social class and psychotherapy process and outcome has resulted in numerous publications in various career, qualitative and Counseling Psychology journals as well as a number of presentations at professional conferences. Finally, after training in a number of community mental health and counseling centers, and obtaining licensure as a Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois, she has found a passion for long term, psychodynamically-oriented and interpersonally-based clinical work. In addition to her position at The Chicago School, she is currently providing psychotherapy services to adolescents, adults and couples at her group private practice, Smith Psychotherapy Associates S.C. To date, Dr. Nitzarim has co-taught Supervision, Consultation and Professional Issues and History and Systems, a DBT-Lite elective course and Intermediate Practicum Seminar. Areas of interest include issues related to social class, unemployment, low-income populations, psychotherapy process and outcome, psychology training, clinical supervision and psychologist competency.
Dr. Smith graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2002. She worked in community mental health settings as a provider and supervisor for six years prior to entering into academia. She served for ten years in clinical training at another university prior to coming to New Orleans to serve as the Director of Clinical Training at The Xavier University of Louisiana Chicago School campus. She has worked with a diverse range of people and has research interests in cross-cultural communication, mentoring, diversity competency development and measurement of competency in the evaluation of psychologists. She previously served as the Chair of the Diversity Committee for APPIC.
Jeff Strozier PhD,
Jeff Strozier, PhD, LCPC (he/him) is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Strozier earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of New Orleans and MA in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University. Dr. Strozier has over ten years of experience within the counseling profession. He most recently was Director of the Anti-Violence Project at Center on Halsted, the largest LGBTQ community center in the Midwest, where he led a team providing trauma focused mental health services to LGBTQ survivors of violence. Dr. Strozier also spent time at Thresholds where he provided community based counseling services and developed expertise in working with individuals living with serious and persistent mental illness. As part of his doctoral training at The University of New Orleans, Dr. Strozier worked with Addiction Recovery Resources of New Orleans where he provided individual and group counseling to clients with substance use disorder within an intensive outpatient setting. Dr. Strozier's professional areas of interest include gender and sexuality, substance use disorder, serious and persistent mental illness, and anti-oppressive practices in clinical training and the mental health system
Ms. McClain received her Masters in Counseling from Governors State University and is a licensed clinical professional counselor. She is the Director of Clinical Training in the Counseling Psychology Department since 2010 and worked as an adjunct instructor since 2008. She was the Program Director of Clinical Services at The Josselyn Center, a community mental health center on the North Shore for 10 years prior to joining staff at TCSPP. Throughout her career she has worked in a number of different capacities that includes individual, family and group clinical work, clinical and administrative supervision, grant writing, program development and implementation, case management, psychosocial rehabilitation, community liaison work with both private and state psychiatric hospitals and consultation with mental health centers around program development and accreditation preparation. Her career journey has taken her from the far South suburbs, to DuPage County to the city and North Shore. She is currently Ph.D. candidate in the Counseling Education and Supervision program and working on her dissertation which is focused on the role of white mental health professionals engaged in anti-racist activist work. Ms. McClain has presented at the local, state, and national level on topics related to cultural competence, values conflicts, and human sexuality. Ms. McClain is on the editorial board of the Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education, and President-Elect and a founding member of the Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness (ACSSW).
Mrs. Ratz is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Mrs. Ratz graduated with her Master's in Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She joined the Office of Placement & Training as one of the Associate Directors in the MACP program in January of 2011. Prior to this she has been practicing as a bilingual family therapist at The Pediatric Developmental Center with Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Here she worked primarily with Spanish speaking families who were seeking help for their children with a history of developmental problems associated with behavioral difficulties. Mrs. Ratz also has a Master's degree in Health Psychology from National-Louis University. Upon graduation she worked as a child therapist in the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at Lurie Children's Hospital (previously Children's Memorial Hospital). Ms. Ratz is a firm believer in addressing the family's needs as a whole, as well as helping the underserved population, such as immigrants, or families that are experiencing homelessness. An immigrant herself, Mrs. Ratz came to Chicago from her native Romania in September of 2003. Her work with families experiencing homelessness is part of her collaboration with FACT (Family Assertive Community Treatment), an interagency coalition advocating for addressing the needs of the entire family unit. Mrs. Ratz's areas of expertise include treatment of children and adolescents on the Autistic Spectrum, working with parents of children with developmental disabilities, as well as working with couples. Mrs. Ratz completed all three levels of the Gottman couples training (2011- 2013). As a licensed clinical professional counselor, Mrs. Ratz is a member of American Counseling Association as well as Illinois Counseling Association.
Keeshawna Brooks, Ph.D., NCSP, L.P., is currently Director of Clinical Training in the School Psychology Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and a licensed psychologist. She also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation (JEPC). In 2018, she earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago following an internship with the Illinois School Psychology Internship Consortium. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Behavioral and Educational Solutions in Silver Spring, Maryland in 2019. She also worked as a school psychologist in several Washington D.C. charter schools. Dr. Brooks is originally from Chicago and received her B.A. in psychology and M.A. in the social sciences from the University of Chicago. Dr. Brooks' research interests include social justice, critical race theory, and the intersection of racial identity, ecological systems, and academic performance. Dr. Brooks also has experience in mediation and moderation modeling as well as expertise in survey design, survey data analysis, and program evaluation.